Homies With Scales Showcases Scaly Friends at Local Coffee Shop

By: Mallorie Sanders, Sara Thornhill and Katharine Robertson

Wake the Dead Coffee House held it’s monthly Reptile Night on November 14th in conjunction with Homies With Scales. The event is held every second Wednesday of the month where people can experience a hands-on encounter with reptiles.

Homies With Scales is a non-profit educational organization that aims to educate adults and children about reptiles. The organization has been around for over a decade but became officially recognized in 2018. Homies With Scales aims to show people that these misunderstood animals are not as scary as they seem by providing facts and disproving myths. 

Eric Kunze, the director and co-founder of the organization, showcased three ball pythons and a Chinese water dragon at the coffee shop along with Athena Mills, a volunteer of Homies With Scales. The two took the time to inform attendees about the animals at the event as well as help handle the reptiles for people who were a little nervous to interact with them.

Houdini is pictured here cozy and warm with a patron in their jacket. Of all the snakes at this Reptile Night, Houdini is the most affectionate.
Pictured here is the Chinese Water Dragon getting up close and personal with a patron.
Chinese Water Dragons are sometimes referred to as “dog-like” due to their excited nature.
Homies with Scales main goal is to show people how friendly reptiles actually are; this Chinese Water Dragon is the prime example.
Reptile Night isn’t only for snakes, a member of Homies with Scales shows off his Chinese Water Dragon.
Houdini, the three-year-old Ball Python, is pictured here checking out his surroundings.
For this event, members of Homies with Scales brought out their personal pets. Pictured here is a three-year-old Ball Python.
Homies with Scales is powered by their volunteer staff, here two of them are pictured. One of which has a three-year-old Ball Python around her neck.
During Reptile Night at Wake the Dead Coffee House, Rusty, the three-year-old Ball Python hangs out in between patrons holding him.

By: Mallorie Sanders

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